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Myerson has been at Microsoft for more than two decades, and his responsibilities had grown significantly through several reorganizations since 2013.

Microsoft is about to implement a major restructuring plan where the Windows and Devices Group (WDG) will be split into two separate and more focussed groups.

After dropping the bombshell that head of Windows development will be departing from Microsoft, the Windows team manages to keep the wheels of progress greased and running as they seed build 17634 to Skip Ahead Insider participants.

A team led by Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman, who helped create company's HoloLens headset, will lead development of Azure's speech, vision and other machine perception services along with mixed reality technologies.

Myerson's Windows and Devices Group (WDG) is being broken up.

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Myerson, a 21-year Microsoft veteran, led the Windows and Devices Group as executive vice president through the launch of Windows 10 and the rollout of Surface devices including a new push by the company into computer hardware. The idea will be to instill a "unifying product ethos" across end-user experiences and devices.

"Computing experiences are evolving to include multiple senses and are no longer bound to one device at a time but increasingly spanning many as we move from home to work and on the go", Nadella explained in his email. Joe Belfiore will continue to lead the Windows group, while Panos Panay will take on the role of chief product officer for Devices. Scott Guthrie who now head the Cloud division will lead this second engineering group focused on cloud and AI technology including Azure. Kudo Tsunoda and Brad Anderson will support New Experiences and Technology and Enterprise Mobility and Management. Azure division will be led by Jason Zander, who has been promoted to Executive VP.

This has pushed Microsoft to focus on the internet cloud, artificial intelligence, and services for connected "internet of things" devices. Other parts are moving to Scott Guthrie's 'Cloud + AI' group.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has no easy task steering the company well past the era of its personal computing dominance, through the current cloud and mobile-oriented period and into the AI and possibly VR driven future. Now with 15 million members, you continue to make our product and our team better each and every day. Windows, Office, third-party applications and devices will all fall under the team's purview. Harry Shum, executive vice president of AI & Research, will continue to head up that somewhat streamlined organization, which Microsoft created in 2016.

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